My Question: I am having a serious problem with my
mouse. I have an older Pentium computer. Not the fastest, but it does all
the things I need it to do. My 4 year old mouse has died. I tried cleaning
and all the other things but the mouse is just dead. The problem is that I
donít have a USB port or one of those round sockets that the newer mouse
fits into. My mouse socket is trapezoid shaped. I bought a mouse with a
round shaped plug and an adaptor that would allow it to fit in the
trapezoid socket, but this didnít work. Does this mean I have to have a
major upgrade to my computer.
Good question. The modern mouse
usually works on either a USB or PS2 port (the round socket). The
trapezoid plug is called a Serial Plug. You might be able to purchase an
adaptor that will adapt from serial port to PS2 port, but even with an adaptor a PS2 mouse
might not work in a serial port, because the circuitry in the mouse could
be different. Still, it may be worth a try. You might find an adaptor at
an electronics store (Tandy, Dick Smith's, Jaycar).
Another solution is to install a USB card in your
computer. Having this done would be in the $100.00 range. This would also
allow you to use other USB devices.
It may be time to consider a new computer. Prices
are reasonable now. Even though your computer is doing all you need you
are missing out on a lot of new technology that will really make your
computing more exciting.
Extra Tip: If
you are ever stuck with a mouse that doesnít work remember that you can
manoeuvre around using different key stroke combinations. The manual that
comes with many programs will explain the different key stroke combos to
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